Original Date: 01/23/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Benefits Services
The Sandia Health Planning and Administration Department manages cost effective products and services through a total integrated health care process. Metrics have been collected over the past seven years and show that Sandian's health care cost increases continue to be lower than the national average. This is partially due to their integrated process.
Most large companies divide the responsibility of plan design and fiscal control from the administration and delivery. At Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the entire function of health benefits plans are housed in one working group. This group is responsible for the following processes:
Plan design and development Procurement of third party administrators
Financial planning and fiscal control
Legal and regulatory review, compliance and reporting
Employee communication and education
Service provider interface and negotiation
This integrated approach results in a customer oriented staff that understand the business requirements for managing SNL's health care costs while providing a competitive benefit package. The entire workforce of Sandia National Laboratories is covered under this fully integrated plan.
The medical plan includes three union organizations within the same plan as nonunion employees, and retirees. The number of individuals under the plan is roughly 23,000. The plan protects participants from major financial hardship and maximizes cost effectiveness of the dollars spent for medical care. The objective of the medical care plan is to maintain access to quality medical care while managing escalating costs and meeting legal and legislative requirements. Implementation of this strategy occurred over several years.
Sandia National Laboratories has been able to respond to customer needs and exceed expectations in the medical care plan. Participants are provided cost effective alternatives and the quality of health care is not compromised.
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.